Notebook for March 2

March 2, 2011

This week's notes are excited about being back after a one-week hiatus but are wondering what to fit into a tight space this week.

• Congratulations are in order to Dalton Frazier who will be playing in this year's Les Schwab Bowl (and will be joining Ray Niko of The Dalles as the participants from the Gorge) in the annual summer football game that serves as a last hurrah of sorts for some of the state's best football players. Frasier was selected to the team as a defensive back.

• Frazier and Niko will be playing for the South team, because as you know, Hood River and The Dalles are among the southernmost locations in the state. Meanwhile players from Sandy and Sherwood are on the North team. I'm not a geography expert, but that makes no sense. By North the game organizers mean Portland metro area and by South they mean the rest of the state.

So Kirby Neumann-Rea and I put our heads together for some new names. How about Hippies vs. Hayseeds? Hipsters vs. Cowboys? Birkenstocks vs. Boots? I've got a few more, but I don't think I can print them. Got any better suggestions? Send them my way.

• While Robert Frasier was winning a state title over the weekend, two former Eagles have also had some success on the mats recently.

Sean Baker, wrestling for Yakima Valley Community College, made it through three rounds of the consolation bracket at the National Junior College championships. Baker got a bye in the first round, won 8-7 in the second and 13-3 in the third before losing 3-2 in the next round.

On Feb. 20 Lucas Mondragon, a walk-on at Oregon State University, took fourth place at the Boxer Invitational at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Mondragon won his first two matches before losing. He then advanced to the consolation finals, where he lost 3-1 in overtime.

Hat tip to the Hood River Valley wrestling team's Facebook page for the leads on those two notes.

• Finally, for your trivia: Which two major league baseball teams played the inaugural game of Arizona's spring training Cactus League? The Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants in 1951. The Indians won 3-1.

That is reason No. 15 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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